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Characteristics of a Proper Workplace Investigation

March 14, 2008

Characteristics of a Proper Workplace Investigation


The characteristics of a proper investigation include:

● Selection of an appropriate investigator

● Promptness

● Open-mindedness

● Protection of participants from retaliation or reprisals

● Starts with open-ended questions and covers all the specifics

● Thoroughness (all parties and potential witnesses are interviewed and all relevant work records and other documents are reviewed)

● Accuracy

● Intrusiveness is minimized

● Confidentiality is maximized

● Follow-up with the complainant

● Documentation (keeping in mind the possibility of discovery in a future lawsuit)

● A conclusion

● Remedial action if appropriate


Information courtesy of What Every Business Manager and HR Professional Should Know About Federal Labor and Employment Laws


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